creating a sustainable cashmere supply chain
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Governance and Committee

Collaboration by the corporate community sector is the key to achieving sustainable cashmere production.  To support this the organisation has been structured in the following ways:

The Board of Trustees

The board determines the strategic direction of the Sustainable Fibre Alliance. Board members also fulfil an ambassadorial role for championing sustainable practices that support the production of cashmere throughout the supply chain increasing the understanding of the role of the Sustainable Fibre Alliance through their network of contacts. Each board member brings specialist skills to support the work of the alliance to ensure that the organisation develops in line with the expectations of its members and supporters.

SFA Governance Structure

Partnership Working

The Sustainable Fibre Alliance recognises that holistic approach is important to support its activities within the cashmere fibre value chain. Relationships and partnerships have been formed with diverse organisations that will help our response to the sustainability agenda. Care is being taken to ensure that our activities compliment or support existing activities in this field, taking due cognisance of political and administrative factors.

By working collaboratively with partner brands and retailers, manufacturers, fibre agents, biodiversity conservation organisations, trade associations,government, NGO’s and herding communities, we ensure the maximum impact of our work on the ground and the ability to scale this work further afield.

The SFA also work through our excellent Sustainable Cashmere Working Group. The working group consists of 14 committed professionals from our supporting members network, providing invaluable support to further accelerate sustainable development. These enhances the effectiveness of SFA, taking forward the long term needs of the various stakeholders in the cashmere value chain. The working group meetings and the round table meetings provide a platform to share knowledge and explore opportunities to work together and promote active participation from wider value chain stakeholders.  They continue to make a significant contribution to a range of developments including standards, fund raising, innovative solutions, incentives and benefits, building traceability/transparency and commitment to supporting our longer term direction.

SFA facilitates a Scientific and Technical Committee (STC) to support implementation of the Rangeland Stewardship CoP and inform its revision and improvement over time, with the functions to serve as a platform for exchange of information, research methods, research results and experiences related to implementation of the Rangeland CoP; to enable coordination of research and innovation activities among members and other stakeholders, including identifying knowledge gaps and areas where coordinated action can help fill those gaps and to facilitate dissemination of information on good practices in the implementation of the Rangeland Stewardship CoP. The Committee involves number of international and national organisations working in land management, research and conservation. Focal topics will be defined by the members of the STC based on their ongoing activities and interests, but may include: Rangeland or ecological health assessment, Community-based wildlife monitoring methods, Community-based approaches for planning grazing, wildlife conservation and other natural resource management activities, Methods for monitoring and assessing social or environmental outcomes and impacts.